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Gamesa wins contract to build 220MW wind farm in Egypt

CTBR Staff Writer Published 22 April 2015

Spain-based Gamesa has secured a contract to build the 220MW Gulf of El Zayt wind farm on the Egyptian Red Sea coast.

The company will install 110 of its G80 2MW turbines at the project, which was awarded by the New & Renewable Energy Authority after an international tender.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide public financing for the wind farm, which is expected to be commissioned during the second half of 2017.

Gamesa plans to start turbine installation in September 2015. The company will also build associated electric infrastructure and provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for three years.

Gamesa Europe & RoW CEO Ricardo Chocarro said: "The fact that Gamesa was selected for this project, for which all the major global OEMs bid, evidences yet again our products' tremendous competitiveness."

Gamesa entered the Egyptian market in 2004. The company has installed over 600MW in the country and provides O&M services for about 500MW.

Egypt is planning to cover 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, which will increase the country's current installed capacity from just under 700MW to 7.2GW.